Friedrich Nietzsche's phrases: aphorisms, quotations


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Friedrich Nietzsche's phrases, quotations and aphorisms on women of this German philosopher and writer, who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century, who had a great influence on the philosophical, political and scientific thought of the western world.


Nietzsche quotes

- A woman can make friendships with a man; but to maintain it, the contribution of a slight physical dislike is perhaps necessary.

- God is dead: but considering the state in which the human species is found, perhaps for a millennium there will still be caves in which its shadow will be shown.


- Improving style means improving thinking.

- Philosophers can be conceived as people who make extreme efforts to experiment to what height man can rise.

- What is truth? Inertia; the hypothesis that makes us satisfied; the least expenditure of intellectual strength.


- The author must close his mouth when his work opens his mouth.

- Without music life would be a mistake.

- And what will I love if not the riddle of things?


- I distrust all systematics and avoid them. the will to system is a lack of honesty.

- What doesn't destroy me makes me stronger.

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- One goes to the next because he looks for himself, another, because he would like to lose himself.

- Where you see ideal things, I see human things, ouch too human.

- Life is made up of extremely rare moments of great intensity and countless intervals. Most of the men, however, not knowing the magic moments, end up living only the intervals.

- It is not the lack of love, but the lack of friendship that makes marriages unhappy.

- Such as? A great man? I always see only one who recites his ideal.

- Madness is something rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, peoples, epochs it is the rule.

- Your love of neighbor is your bad love for yourself. You flee to your neighbor by fleeing yourself, and you would like to make a virtue out of it.


- No shepherd is one flock. Everyone wants the same thing, everyone is the same: whoever feels differently spontaneously enters a mental hospital.

- The teachers have been liquidated: the morality of the common man has triumphed.

- And those who were seen dancing were considered mad by those who could not listen to music.

- Cynicism is the only form in which vulgar souls border on honesty.

- There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.

- Whoever writes aphorisms does not want to be read but memorized.


- Everything that is done out of love is always beyond good and evil.

- Do what you want, but be first of all those who know how to want! Love your neighbor as well as yourself, but be first of all those who love themselves!

- You will rarely be wrong, attributing extreme actions to vanity, mediocre actions to habit and petty actions to fear.

- I could only believe in a god who could dance.

- Everything that we call immoral today, somewhere and at some time has been considered moral. What guarantees that you won't change your name again?

- Every deep thinker fears more to be understood than to be misunderstood.

- All the greatest thoughts are conceived while walking.

- The Church is exactly what Jesus preached and against which he taught his disciples to fight.

- There is always a grain of madness in love, just as there is always a grain of logic in madness.

- The same passions have a different rhythm in men and women: therefore men and women continue to misunderstand each other.

- Happiness has no face but shoulders: that's why we see it when it's gone!

- We do not attach particular value to the possession of a virtue, until we notice the total lack of it in our opponent.


- I would believe in the existence of the Savior if you had a face to be saved.

- The snake that cannot flake off perishes. So too are the spirits, who are prevented from changing their ideas; they cease to be spirits.

- The word "Christianity" is already a misunderstanding -, basically there was only one Christian and he died on the cross.

- A young person is corrupted in the safest way, if he is taught to esteem those who think like him more than those who think differently.

- Since there are men, man has rejoiced too little: only this, brothers, is our original sin!

- In the end, all things must be as they always have been: the stellar heights to the elevated hearts, the abysses to the deep ones, and finally all the rare things for the rare beings.

- Dare to be immoral like nature.

- Existence is actually an imperfect time that never becomes a present.

Nietzsche aphorisms

- Not that you have deceived me, but that I no longer believe you: this has shaken me.

- Ninety-nine parts out of a hundred of every 'creation' are imitation, in sounds or in thoughts. Theft, more or less conscious.

- The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.


- O resplendent Sun, what would you be if I were not here, down here, to shine on?

- Wherever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.

- The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence but rather a condition.

- You who accept responsibility for everything but your dreams. Nothing belongs to you more than your dreams.

- What can knowledge only be? "Interpretation", not "explanation".

- There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom.

- Badness is rare, most men take too much care of themselves to be evil.

- All ideals are dangerous because they dishearten and condemn reality.

- It is only we who have imagined the causes, the succession, the reciprocity, the relativity, the constraint, the number, the law, the freedom, the reason, the purpose.

- Books for everyone are always smelly books: the smell of small people is attached to them.

- What is the seal of achieved freedom? Don't be ashamed of yourself any more.

- The best author. The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.


- God is dead! God remains dead! and we killed him! How can we console ourselves the murderers of all the murderers? What the holiest and most powerful the world had so far was bled by our knives. Who wipes this blood from us? With what water can we purify ourselves? What solemn atonements, what sacred games will we have to invent? Isn't the magnitude of this fact too vast for us? Do we not have to become gods ourselves to look worthy of that greatness? There was never a bigger fact, and whoever is born after us will belong, because of that fact, to a bigger story than any history has been made so far!

- You have to have chaos within yourself to give birth to a dancing star.

- Christianity gave Eros a drink of poison - in truth he did not die of it, but degenerated into vice.

- Who has a why to live for can bear almost every how.

- The gods also fight in vain against boredom.

- An idealist is incorrigible: if he is removed from his paradise he will make an ideal of his hell.

- Who gives something great does not find gratitude, because who receives it already has too much weight in accepting it.

- Behind a man who falls into the water one dives more willingly if there are people who don't dare to do it.

- If all alms were given only out of compassion, the beggars would all starve. The biggest alms dispenser is cowardice.

- If Christ is risen, why are you so sad? You Christians do not have a redeemed face.

- The fundamental difference between the two religions of decadence: Buddhism does not promise, but maintains; Christianity promises everything and keeps nothing.

- I can't believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.


- Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.

- In me, atheism is neither a consequence, much less a new fact: it exists in me by instinct. I am too curious, too unbelieving, too insolent to settle for such a crude answer. God is a gross answer, an indelicacy towards us thinkers: indeed, it is nothing more than a gross prohibition against us: you must not think!

- A teacher is badly paid if he always remains a schoolboy.

- So the devil once told me: "God also has his own hell: it is his love for men".

- All men, of all ages, and still today, are divided into slaves and free; because whoever does not have two thirds of his day is a slave, whatever it is for the rest: statesman, merchant, civil servant, scholar.

- There can't be a God because, if there was one, I wouldn't believe it's not me.

- When, on a Sunday morning, we hear the old bells rumbling, we ask ourselves: is it ever possible! this is done for a crucified Jew two thousand years ago, who claimed to be the son of God.

- "Faith" means not wanting to know what's true.

- In solitude, the loner devours himself. In the multitude, the many devour it. Now choose.

- What is the most human thing for you? Save shame on someone.

- Beliefs, more than lies, are dangerous enemies of truth.

- The belly is the reason why a man cannot be considered a god.

- The best writer will be the one who will be ashamed of being a writer.

- False for us every truth that has not been accompanied by laughter.

- There are three main groups of men: savages, civilized barbarians, Europeans.

- Man is a rope between the beast and the superman.

Nietzsche phrases

- Those who know in depth strive to be clear; those who would like to appear deep to the multitude strive to be dark.

- Beggars should be abolished. It annoys giving them something, and it annoys not giving them something.

- The higher we rise, the smaller we seem to those who cannot fly.

- Better to be crazy on your own, rather than wise according to the will of others.

- Two things the real man wants: danger and play. So he wants the woman as the most dangerous toy.

- In revenge and love, women are more barbaric than men.

- Everything in women is an enigma, but everything in women has a solution: this is called pregnancy.

- There are no moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of these phenomena.

- Such as? Is man only an error of God? Or is God just a human error?

- A politician divides humanity into two classes: tools and enemies. Which means he knows only one class, the enemies.

- Where people eat and drink, even where they love, there is usually a stench there. You don't have to enter a church if you want to breathe fresh air.

- Happiness is not doing everything you want, but wanting everything you do.

- Of all that is written I love only what one writes with his blood.

- Often we contradict an opinion, while we only dislike the tone in which it was expressed.

- Being right is one more reason for not having any success.

- He who seeks knowledge must know how to love his enemies and even more hate loved ones.

- There is no doubt that a great traveler has found in some parts of the world uglier areas than in the human face.

- The consequences of your actions will take you by the hair even if you have become better in the meantime.

- Ten times a day you have to overcome yourself: this causes a good tiredness and is poppy for the soul. Ten times you have to reconcile yourself: because overcoming is bitterness, and those who have not reconciled sleep badly. Ten truths a day you must find; otherwise you seek the truth even during the night and your soul has been hungry. Ten times a day you have to laugh and be calm: otherwise at night your stomach will disturb you, this father of affliction.

- When you look at the abyss for a long time, the abyss looks at you inside.

- Depth and turbid. The public easily exchanges the one who fishes in the turbid with the one who draws from the deep.

- The thought of suicide is a powerful means of consolation: thanks to it you can overcome many bad nights.

- What we do is never understood, but only praised or blamed.

- A man of genius is unbearable, if he does not have at least two other qualities: gratitude and purity.

- I no longer want to read any author of whom it is known that he wanted to make a book: but only those whose thoughts suddenly became a book.

- It begins by unlearning to love others and ends by not finding in ourselves anything worthy of being loved.

- Hope: it is truly the worst of evils because it prolongs men's sufferings.

- The Christian intention of thinking about the ugly and bad world made the world ugly and bad.

- Love is certainly everything, except a means of knowledge.

- The most modest phrase I have heard: "In true love it is the soul that embraces the body".

- True love thinks of the instant and eternity, never of duration.

- My time has not yet come; some are born after-effects.

- If you keep silent for a year, you will learn to chat and learn to speak.

- If the spouses did not live together, good marriages would be more frequent.

- There is nothing to do: each teacher has only one pupil, and this becomes unfaithful to him because he is also destined to become a teacher.

- We know the price of everything, the value of nothing.

- For the woman, the man is a means whose end is a child.

- The aphorism, the sentence, are the forms of eternity; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in an entire book, what anyone else doesn't say in an entire book.

- God created the woman. And, to tell the truth, from that moment boredom ceased to exist; but many other things also ceased to exist! Woman was God's second mistake.

- You pay dearly for the purchase of power; the power stupefies.

- People are punished above all for their virtues.

- To live alone you must be a beast or a god - says Aristotle. The third case is missing: one must be both - philosopher.

150 Profound Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche (May 2022)


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